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Book Review — Firefly August 28, 2020

Firefly is a small book of poems by Ellen Austin-Li that I assume is autobiographical, though it may be entirely fictional.  The fact that I cannot tell is a testament to the skill of the author and the burning reality of the feelings in the poems. Though each of the poems stands on its own…

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Fine China August 21, 2020

My Dad is just now winding up what he is calling his Farewell Tour. “Yeah, yeah.” said my son.  “Cher had five of those.” He is making an up and down road trip of the east coast, visiting friends and relatives he hasn’t seen in years.  When he gets home, he may never leave again. …

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Book Review — Departure August 14, 2020

Departure, by Joseph Reid, the third book in the Seth Walker series, is a non-stop thrill ride.  That sounds like a cliché, I know.  I wracked my brains to come up with an original way to say “non-stop thrill ride” and came up short.  What can I say?  That’s what Departure is: a non-stop thrill…

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Day of Silence August 7, 2020

“Think before you speak.” Is there anyone – anyone? – who will doubt the wisdom of this old saw?  I’m going to go with “no.”  I mean, “speak before you think” makes no sense.  “Go ahead and spout any old garbage before you’ve given it any thought whatsoever” seems like foolish advice.   Now that…

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